At the beginning of this book a crucial question was asked: If we are ever able to do some of the things mentioned here, should we do them? It should be obvious by now that the question is not easily answered.
There is another query that you should ponder at this point: Do right ends justify any means? In Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, Bassanio answers the question in the affirmative when he offers to pay Shylock in cash rather than in Antonio's agreed-upon pound of flesh: "And, I beseech you / Wrest once the law to your authority: To do a great right, do a little wrong, / And curb this cruel devil of his will."
Although the second question has not been asked directly in the pages you have just read, it is implied in much of what has been said. You can ask it along with the first one when considering recombinant DNA research, test-tube babies, Dr. Delgado's behavior-control methods, or the use of a live virus to carry a necessary enzyme into